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Navy of Her Own ? "
Prize of $400 won by . . .
MRS. W. HEWES OLIPHANT
The NAVY LEAGUE in CANADA
PRIZE ESSAY COMPETITION.
HONORARY CHAIRMAN :
Sir WILLIAM MORTIMER CLARK, Kt., K.C., Ex-Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of
HONORARY VICE CHAIRMAN :
The HON. D. C. FRASER, Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Nova Scotia.
HONORARY TREASURER :
D. R. WILKIE, Esq., President of the Imperial Bank of Canada.
H. J. WICKHAM, Esq. (Toronto), a Vice-President of the Navy League.
Sir -George A. Drummond, K.C.M.G., Senator of Canada, President of the Montreal Branch of
the Navy League.
F. E. Hodgins, Esq., K.C., Toronto, Vice-President of the Toronto Branch of the Navy League.
Sir Sandford Fleming, K.C.M.G., President of the Ottawa Branch of the Navy League.
Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper, K.C.M.G., President of the Vancouver Branch of the Navy League.
Captain Clive Phillipps-Wolley, President of the Victoria-Esquimalt Branch of the Navy League.
James F. Robertson, Esq., President of the St. John, N.B., Branch of the Navy League.
Beverley R. Armstrong, Esq., Honorary Secretary of the St. John, N.B., Branch of the Navy
A. M. Nanton, Esq., President of the Winnipeg Branch of the Navy League.
Nicol Kingsmill, Esq., K.C., Toronto, Member Executive Committee, Toronto Branch.
Lieut. -Colonel W. N. Ponton, Belleville.
His Honour Judge Barron, Stratford, Ont.
Byron E. Walker, Esq., C.V.O., President Of the Canadian Bank of Commerce.
W. Price, Esq., M.P., President of the Quebec Branch of the Navy League.
Lieut.- Colonel W. Wood, Honorary Secretary of the Quebec Branch of the Navy League.
J. McDonald Mowat, Esq., President of the Kingston Branch of the Navy League.
Hon. F. L. Haszard, K.C., Premier of Prince Edward Island, President of the Charlottetown
Branch of the Navy League.
R. E. Harris, Esq., K.C., Halifax, N.S.
H. W. Auden, Esq., M.A., Principal of Upper Canada College.
The Rev. G. M. Wrong, M.A., Professor of History, University of Toronto.
A. H. U. Colquhoun, Esq., B.A., LL.D., Deputy Minister of Education, Province of Ontario.
Mrs. S. Nordheimer (Toronto) a Vice-President of the Navy League and President of the Daughters
of the Empire Branch.
Objects of the Navy League in Canada :
Why the League should be supported
. . . by all Loyal Canadians . . .
The Navy League is in no sense a partisan organization. It works for the welfare of
the Empire, the preservation of peace, and the prosperity of the British Community.
Here in Canada its objects are : —
1 . To bring home to Canadians a sense of their dependence on and interest in the Naval
strength of the Empire.
2. To press upon public attention the need for a Canadian Naval Defence Force.
3. To show how Canada can best help the Royal Navy — locally — in time of war.
4. " As knowledge is power "so want of knowledge is weakness. This League seeks to
remedy the prevailing lack of information on Naval matters by distributing
literature on the subject to its members and the public press, and by promoting the
teaching of Naval history in schools.
NAVY LEAGUE in CANADA
Shall Canada have a Navy of Her Own }
The Prize Essay.
:: BY ::
Mrs. W. HEWES OLIPHANT.
Reprinted from " The Standard of Empire/'
The following contribution has been awarded the $400 prize
offered by the Navy League of Canada for the best essay on the
question : " Shall Canada have a Navy of Her Own ? " The
author is Mrs. W. Hewes Oliphant, 210, Simcoe Street, Toronto,
No student of the present day, in view of the examples
which crowd the history of the past, will attempt to deny to
the ships which traverse the world's great highways, an
influential, even a commanding share in moulding national
destinies. No State has ever attained greatness without assert-
ing and maintaining its title to the free and common use of
the sea. No land-locked country has ever achieved any con-
It is impossible to read Captain Mahan's admirable book,
" The Influence of Sea Power upon History," to follow his
engrossing story of the development of the great world Powers,
to trace in his pages the growth, the perils, the conflicts, the
triumphs of the nations of the past, in all of which the ships
of history took their magnificent part ; to mark, with him,
the progress of Britain through the centuries which have
developed and crowned her supremacy, without yielding a
willing assent to his deduction that power on the high seas
means, in the case of any nation, respect and an influential
voice abroad, peace, progress, and development at home.
The subject of this paper presents, to every Canadian who
professes an intelligent interest in his country, problems of
paramount importance. And it is quite possible that our
past consideration of these problems has, for reasons of one
or another kind, not been really either independent or adequate.
In the first place, we have a sort of national sensitiveness,
almost amounting to self- consciousness, which has made many
Canadians whose devotion to their country is beyond question
impatient of suggestion or advice originating, or supposed to
originate, in Great Britain. This restiveness of attitude is
not confined to official hint, remonstrance, or what not, but
to any governmental theory or conclusion which is not directly
and primarily drawn by ourselves, from our own experience,
in our own interests. We are impatient of anything which
seems to savour of dictation or even advice from any stand-
point but our own. The friendly Briton, official, semi-official,
or unofficial, who tours among us, addresses our Canadian
clubs, suggests, with greater or less modesty, according to his
temperament, in what respects our public systems or ideals
or ethics are faulty, or where we have failed in our duty,
whether as dependents upon Great Britain or as members of
a world-wide Imperial family, or even how we may best work
out our own destiny as an independent nation, has done much,
by his mere remonstrant presence, to divert or prevent fair-
minded investigation from the purely Canadian point of view.
That some Canadians held similar opinions before the Briton
voiced them is not to the point. The result of his intervention
in the supersensitive Canadian mind, is to make the controversy
no longer Canadian only in its purpose and scope. The view
is that the controversy ought to be settled by and among
Canadians, and in the interests, primarily, at all events, of
Canada. The Imperial purposes involved in the controversy
become secondary in significance and importance. When the
Canadian mind is made up from the Canadian standpoint,
Canada will be prepared to discuss such imperial questions
as this with the other members of the family. Meantime,
Canada's conclusions and attitude are to be the result of
Canadian inquiry and discussion. Another circumstance has
hitherto stood in the way of a fair and just consideration of
these problems by Canadians. We have been so busily engaged
in growing up to national stature, and our growth has been so
absorbing in its rapidity and consequent demands upon our
young vitality, that we have had literally neither time nor
strength to make full plans for the protection of the national
structure in the building of which we have so freely expended
every present resource, and have with such high confidence
pledged the resources of the future.
But it is no longer possible for any Canadian to deny to his
country the status and dignity of a nation. British ideals
and practice assure to us the continuance and growth of the
powers of self-government with which we have been so long
entrusted. Our connection with the British Crown, though
informed by the deepest and most strenuous loyalty, is a con-
nection which involves no economic fetters, and which is rapidly
tending in all foreign relations towards freedom of contract
and full powers of management, in respect of Canadian affairs.
We make our own laws. No attempt is made at Imperial con-
trol of our trade tariffs with the world, including Britain. It
seems no longer possible to withhold from us the right to
make our own treaties, even in cases which may indirectly
affect Imperial interests. British garrisons have been with-
drawn, and Canada manages, without review or appeal, her
military affairs. The great fortified harbours of Canada,
which Britain deemed an essential part of that great maritime
system by which she maintained her naval supremacy and
effectively policed the world, have been assumed by Canada,
In her outlook towards Britain, Canada, while loyal, is inde-
pendent. She faces the rest of the world, in every essential
sense, a free, autonomous, and Imperial Power.
The time has, therefore, come when this, and every other
problem which nationhood presents, press for solution upon
an adult country, whose leading strings are essentially severed.
And the solution, to be acceptable and permanent, must be
reached by applying Canadian minds to questions which
are primarily of Canadian moment. Of these none is of greater
interest or presents greater complexity than that of a Canadian
Navy. It is not difficult to understand and appreciate
the historical reasons for the interest we have always taken
in the improvement of the Canadian Militia, while comparative
indifference has marked our treatment of Canadian naval
questions. Our geographical position and vicinage have
hitherto accounted for the one and served in some degree to
excuse the other. While we have had long frontiers, we
have had little property at risk upon the seas. Our possessions
have not attracted attention, or been likely to excite cupidity
elsewhere than among our very good neighbours to the south.
Such of our seaports as seemed vulnerable have been fortified
by Great Britain, and woven into her Imperial naval fabric.
We have rested content in the comfortable knowledge that
an Imperial North Atlantic or North Pacific Squadron always,
either actually or potentially, hovered about our eastern and
western sea coasts, sheltering them and our commerce under
the historic prestige of which it was the symbol.
But the seaborne commerce proper to Canada has now
assumed very considerable proportions, both eastward and
westward, and it would seem that, if we are to learn and apply
the lessons of history, and unless we are to repudiate the burdens
incident to that independent commercial sovereignty which
we have boldly claimed and fairly won, we must establish
and demand, to secure the continuity and growth of our great
and increasing seagoing trade, a thoroughly well grounded
belief in the minds and consciences of other nations that we
are ourselves able to give it an adequate and continuous pro-
tection. It is true that we already have the nucleus of a
Navy ; that is to say, we have ships which are exercising
true naval functions.
Since 1885 we have protected our fisheries, both on the
Atlantic seaboard and on the great lakes, by means of armed
vessels, and our ships have done valuable hydrographic survey
work, fitting work for a navy.
But in the wide, independent sense in which our sovereignty
is conceived, the burden has never yet been acknowledged,
much less lifted to our young shoulders.
In these days of " practical politics " it seems certain that
the shouldering of any great financial oligation must be pre-
ceded by an intelligent realisation, first, of a duty with regard
to it, and, second, of its significance and extent. Unless Cana-
dians are persuaded (they will not be dragooned) into a belief
in the existence of such a duty, it is unlikely that they will
volunteer. Once convinced, they will not be deterred from
undertaking and performing it by faint-hearted or penny-
wise considerations. The Canadian attitude towards recog-
nised obligations is, above all, essentially honest.
The first question, then, is whether there exists now a Cana-
dian duty in the matter of a naval establishment. Or, it may
be stated in another way, to emphasise the two elements which
enter into the question : Do we, as Canadians, owe such a
duty to Canada ; that is, to ourselves ? And, if we do, is
it a duty which calls for performance under existing Canadian
The question, in its double aspect, must appeal to Cana-
dians, if at all, as arising out of, and referable to, the independent
commercial sovereignty already spoken of. It may be taken
for granted that a Canadian navy, established for, and serving
Canadian aims and objects, and managed by Canada from the
Canadian standpoint and in Canadian interests, will, like her
troops, be freely tendered for Imperial service on any occasion
of Imperial stress. This, being granted once for all, disappears
from the problem, and the Canadian view may be put and argued
without reference to it.
Any existing Canadian duty ought to be referred primarily
to the undisputed present national status of Canada. She is
a country with sea-going traffic upon two oceans, and, therefore,
a navy is an essential part of a well balanced national equipment.
That Canada should have soldiers is, in this view, accepted
both in theory and practice. That she should have sailors
also is only another way of stating the original proposition
that Canada has attained national stature. She cannot hope,
limping into the arena of the world, to become a commercial
factor in its progress. She must march in bearing those con-
vincing insignia of her maturity and strength which a reasonably
perfect equipment affords. She must hold up her head among
the nations whose peer she proclaims herself to be, pointing
to those twin guarantees of her efficiency — an army and a navy.
This first consideration, viz., the vital necessity of a navy
to the national equipment of Canada, really covers much more
of the ground usually debated than is plain in a casual glance.
Clear ideas with regard to the proper functions of a navy must
underlie the discussion. It will involve an examination of
Canadian geographical and trade factors, because naval equip-
ment becomes desirable or imperative in proportion to the extent
to which the country's geographical position and its trade
call for this branch of equipment. It will be concerned with
the country's foreign relations, actual and possible, because
Canadians will not blindly accept the burdens imposed by a
naval equipment for the sake of protection against a mere
bugbear or series of bugbears. It will call for careful inquiry
into all questions of method and cost, because the nature and
expense of equipment must bear true relations to the very
purposes which the equipment is to serve. And all these
questions must be examined and answered in the Canadian
sense as distinguished from the Imperial.
There appear to be two principal modern theories with regard
to the true functions of a navy as part of the national equip-
ment. They are clearly stated, and strikingly discussed by
Admiral P. H. Colomb. One theory assigns as its function
the local defence of the country itself, the other the preservation
of the great lines of trade communication. Both theories are,
it will be observed, based upon the fundamental idea of defence.
Aggression is no part, though it may become an incident in
the working out of either theory. And each theory has been
formulated as part of a policy applicable to Imperial conditions.
In their application to those conditions, they have almost
become rival theories, though they have never lost their purely
defensive character. The extreme adherents of the first have,
in theory, girded the navy about the British islands to repel
attacks upon their coasts. The adherents of the second have
advocated the distribution of the navy along the great esta-
blished ocean highways of trade, viewing the ocean commerce
of Britain as the true point of attack, to be guarded at all
costs, by " keeping open the great sea routes from the heart
to the extremities of the Empire." As Admiral Colomb says,
the great trade routes bear " the income of the nation, scattered
broadcast over the ocean." The key of the position, in the
application of both theories, is the channel and other waters
adjacent to Britain. But in the application of the home defence
theory, it is the key because those waters are the avenues of
hostile approach to the land itself. In the application of
the other it is the key, because in those waters converge the
trade routes which bear the nations' wealth, and the theory
assumes that if the communications are preserved intact,
no successful land attack can be made. The weight of the
best naval opinion seems in favour of this view.
The statement of these two modern theories goes far to assist
in defining the functions which a Canadian Navy should be
designed, under present Canadian conditions, to perform.
Our conditions are not essentially similar to those which, in
Imperial discussions, make the theories rival rather than
complementary. Our ocean commerce for the most part at
least, is borne over the same great lines of communication
which bear the commerce designed to be protected by the
Imperial navy, and, indeed, forms part of that commerce. To
assist in the protection of those highways may, and doubtless
will be, in time of war, an appropriate use to which to put a
Canadian navy. But it cannot be its primary or normal
purpose, under existing conditions, even in case of war. Halifax,
St. John, Quebec, Montreal, indeed the whole of the lower
St. Lawrence River ; Victoria, Vancouver, and, in the near
future, Prince Rupert, all peculiarly ours, are possible points
of attack, and must be made invulnerable, if at all, not by
fortification merely, but by fleets of our own, flying our flag
and patrolling the waters by which these points may be ap-
proached. The prime necessity, and therefore the paramount
function, of our navy, must be the protection of our trade.
Our commerce must safely get into and out of our ports, and,
to that end, our seaboard must be effectively protected by
The commerce to be protected includes, of course, at all
times, our fisheries and our Customs.
Our geographical position is unique. Our immediate neigh-
bour is the United States, and the border line stretches from
ocean to ocean. " E. B. 0.," in the " National Review,"
Vol. XL VIII., goes so far as to say that it would not be possible
for us to defend our border against an attack from that quarter.
And he advises an acceleration of our population in the great
West as a practical assurance of ultimate security. But the
existence of any insecurity which the tremendous length of our
frontier may involve does not directly bear upon the present
discussion. Until the abrogation of present treaty obligations,
neither country can maintain warships upon the great lakes
forming so large a part of the frontier. In the most unlikely
event of a conflict with our neighbour, our possession of sea-
going war vessels will certainly not be a source of weakness.
Nobody suggests either the length of our frontier or the impro-
bability of such a conflict as a ground for reducing our Army,
and neither circumstance ought to affect the present question.
Then we have two seaboards, perhaps three, for who shall
say that Canada is not soon to have an Arctic outlet, by Arctic
ports, for her commerce ? With commercial ports upon, and
with products traversing, three oceans, it seems inevitable that
our equipment must include a navy, or our ports and their
trade, which is our wealth, must be at the mercy of the first
strong hand to strike at them. The blow, if it come, will not
fall upon our merchant ships when they have reached the area
of that protection which Britain gives the great lines of com-
munication, but in and about our home ports and our home
And what of the volume of trade demanding protection,
its great growth, its absorbing and magnificent prospects ?
Canadian merchant fleets ply from her Atlantic ports to all
the markets of Europe, Africa, the Atlantic States, the West
Indies, and South America, and from her Pacific ports to
Australia, New Zealand, China and Japan, all bearing cargoes
whose production and carriage are vital to our national growth.
With the opening for agriculture of the great territory traversed
by the new transcontinental railway, whose gradients are to
make possible the shipment of our harvests to Europe by the
Suez Canal, with the construction of railways to the Hudson
Bay, and the establishment of the new carrying facilities from
new seaports there to the food markets of Europe, with the
remarkable and encouraging advance in ships and exports and
imports using the established Atlantic routes, with the impetus
which the All-Red Line must give to our shipping in every
direction, we cannot longer hesitate to admit the existence
of a national duty to insure the permanence of conditions so
vital to the growth of the country. Whatever equipment
may be necessary to their maintenance Canadians will cheerfully
furnish and honestly keep up.
Our relations, actual and possible, with other countries call
for some examination. Do they involve risk to the Canadian
interests which have been imperfectly described, and is a
protective equipment necessary for any reason arising out of
The time has not yet arrived when peaceful arbitrament
shall supersede national strength and national readiness for
conflict. The peace proposals with which altruists so much
concern themselves do not, as yet, possess any reliable signi-
ficance. Side by side with the more or less candid adherence
by European nations to the theoretically beautiful doctrine
of universal peace, they are diligently preparing themselves
not for war, perhaps, but for geographical alterations —
modifications of the world's map, which may not be compassed
without physical contest. Their preparation is largely and
intelligently directed towards naval armament. Not only in
the settlement of European boundaries, but in all questions
affecting her colonial and commercial interests that may arise,
in Asia or Africa, Britain must have a voice. Imperial con-
siderations must range her upon one side or the other of prac-
tically every controversy that may take place in the civilised
world. This is an incident of her greatness. We would not
have it otherwise. Our destinies are bound up in her. That
in the course of these controversies she may find herself at
any time bound to defend Imperial policy and Imperial interest
against another Power or a combination of other Powers, and
that without any aggression on her part, requires no argument
to make it plain. When that occasion comes, a vigilant and
prepared foe may reasonably be expected to strike at a vulner-
able part of the Imperial body. What point more vulnerable
than our navyless Atlantic and St. Lawrence seaports ?
But Europe and its political complications are not the whole
of Canada's possible embarrassment, perhaps not even the prin-
cipal part. Our Western possessions realise acutely, even now,
the great Asiatic immigration problems which the recent history
of China and Japan may force upon us. Leaving out of the
question the treaty between Great Britain and Japan, and the
possible difficulties in our scheme of self-government which
it may introduce, we must recognise the peculiar peril in which
we stand if Japan, the most recent addition to important
world-powers, should insist upon full recognition by us of her
new status. Japan's attitude is that she has fought her way
into the realm of national recognition. She is sensitive to a
degree, and may shortly be found claiming, as an Eastern
nation, rights of re-immigration and intercourse upon a Western
basis. Suppose that Japan desires to foster the emigration of
her subjects. We are conversely inviting immigration. But
we will not have it from Asia. One need not be an alarmist
in any sense to feel and realise that the situation may easily
become critical. It must not be forgotten that further com-
plications arise out of the existing treaty, and while the present
Canadian arrangement has, at all events partially, composed
Japanese irritation for the time, there is manifested by the
Japanese people a disposition to evade the arrangement, and
there is a clear feeling of dissatisfaction with it among our own
people, accompanied by an unrest and agitation which are at
least disturbing. Again, we look for the vulnerable spot, and
find it in our navyless Pacific seaboard. Do we not need a
protective equipment there ?
Upon the whole, it seems impossible to reject the conclusion
that Canada should, for Canadian reasons, have a navy ; having
regard to the functions of a naval equipment, our geographical
and trade conditions and our relations, actual and possible,
to the outside world.
The questions of method and cost remain to be considered,
and may be coveniently treated together. On the one hand,
we do not want a mere toy ; on the other, the conditions do
not call for a fleet composed of Dreadnoughts and of Imperial
In time of war we must as yet leave to Britain the task of
confining the enemy within his own home ports and cutting off
his outside sources of supply, directing our efforts towards
the efficient protection of our sea gates and the peaceful traffic
coming into and going out of them. In time of peace we must
direct our efforts towards the building and preparation of ships
and the training of men, with a view to a moderate but always
efficient and continuous present strength, and to a capacity
for such prompt additional mobilisation as will, without friction
or strain, bring our navy at any time to such a war footing
as becomes our needs.
Without attempting technical details, an outline plan may
be presented which draws upon past experience and suggestion,
in an endeavour to combine and adjust. The details must be
left to trained hands.
Ships to a number and of type and armament bearing a fair
peace proportion to a total war strength suitable to and reason-
ably sufficient for Canadian defence in the sense already
mentioned, should be built, armed, manned, and put into
commission, at reasonable intervals. For this purpose a
moderate programme, providing for, say, two or three such
ships a year for five years, or every other year for ten years,
might be adopted without unduly taxing the resources of the
Meantime, moderate subsidies should be offered to the great
Canadian companies which handle our merchant shipping, so
as to induce them to build, for the merchant service, ships of
a type capable of being quickly armed, and of so taking their
places in a defensive naval scheme should occasion arise. The
subsidies should be conditional upon satisfactory compliance
with carefully designed types, and should secure immediate
Governmental control and possession when required.
The whole plan should be carefully prepared and worked out
with attention to technical detail as regards efficiency of
construction and armament, and should be aimed at securing
continuity of preparation.
The manning of a Canadian navy should not present much
greater difficulty than the maintenance of a Canadian army.
A naval volunteer force, with a provision for suitably equipped
training stations, and for voluntary term service, would be as
likely to appeal to the ever ready loyalty of young Canadians
as a volunteer militia force, with term service and the liability
to serve. Views somewhat like these were put forward by
Lord Brassey in a speech before the Koyal Colonial Institute
in 1878, but as part of a scheme for augmenting the Navy
from the Imperial standpoint. He spoke of a " Colonial Naval
Volunteer Force or Reserve," and pointed to the Canadian
fishermen of our maritime provinces as admirable material
for such a force. His idea was not to draw them away from
the labour market altogether, but to take advantage of their
winter leisure to make them into available naval material.
If the objective point is made an active naval Canadian estab-
lishment instead of an Imperial reserve, there is no reason to
suppose that training for such an establishment or enlisting
for term service will be less popular or produce less satisfactory
results than the equivalent provisions in our militia scheme.
Out of our trained volunteer militia we have evolved a small
regular enlisted army. Why should we not, out of a trained
volunteer naval force, evolve a regular enrolled navy ? The
periods of training must be longer and more continuous, and,
according to naval traditions, should commence at a somewhat
earlier age. The enlisting or enrolling, during or after the
completion of the training, would probably keep pace with the
building and commissioning of the ships. Behind the manned
ships and behind the subsidised merchant cruisers, ready to
help to man the latter in time of war and liable to be called
on for service, we should in time have an ample trained reserve,
capable of efficient service in a Canadian navy as their brothers
are in the Canadian army.
The command of our ships and the training of the men
requires officers, and they also must be trained. For some time,
no doubt, we should require Imperial assistance in this respect.
So we did for our army in its early days. But as time and
training have given us Canadians capable of commanding
armies, so time and training will give us Canadians fit to
command ships. With this in view, we should, no doubt,
establish a Naval College as we have established a Military
College. The necessary expansion of educational facilities
would naturally and appropriately follow our first decisive
In establishing training stations, it seems desirable to bring
them to the people — to localise them. We may, therefore,
perhaps, besides establishing such stations in or near some of our
Atlantic and Pacific ports, follow the lead of our neighbours,
who do not look upon training naval stations in ports of the
Great Lakes as contrary to existing treaty provisions.
The cost of gradually building up a moderate naval estab-
lishment on the lines suggested is not beyond our means or
disproportionate to the need for the expenditure. It is a sort
of insurance premium upon our national commerce. So is the
expenditure upon our militia establishment. But even if the
expenditure were larger, and the wealth insured by it smaller
and incapable of that magnificent expansion for which we con-
fidently look, we still owe to ourselves and to the world the
duty of that measure of national equipment which isHhe burden
of this paper, a duty which we cannot afford longer to remain
Australia and New Zealand are both moving towards naval
establishment. The writer (Hordern) of a remarkable article
on Australian Naval Defence in the " United ServiceMagazine,"
Vol. XXXIV., takes strong ground against Australian contri-
butions towards the Imperial Navy, in the administration of
which Australia has no voice. He says that Australia's need
for a navy is not so much the protection of her coast trade
as " the maintenance of her freedom and the protection of her
ideals against foreign interference." He is referring to Japanese
immigration as a menace which only awaits the expiry of the
Anglo-Japanese treaty to become an active peril ; and counsels
Australia to be ready, when the treaty expires, to offer herself
to Britain as an ally, instead of Japan, and with a fleet. Recent
advices from Australia indicate that her subsidy to the Imperial
Navy will be withdrawn, and that she will build a navy of her
own. Premier Deakin had already foreshadowed this in his
naval scheme, " Navy League Annual," 1908-9, p. 160.
The proceedings of the Colonial Conference in 1907 disclose
a considerable and very satisfactory advance towards soundness
of view when compared with the report of the Naval Reserves
Commission of 1902. In that report Colonial reserves were
treated as mere nurseries for the Imperial Navy. The attitude
of the Conference of 1907 towards the whole question was,
however, much broader and more liberal. The Imperial
representatives practically conceded the independent right of
each colony to deal with her own naval problems from her
own standpoint. This brings Canadians face to face with the
Canadian question. Of its ultimate triumphant answer by
Canada there can be no doubt. In her present solid achievement
and her future splendid promise, and in the hostages she ha3
given to fortune, it is already answered.
8. Straker & Sons, 22, Leadenhall St., E.C.
THE NAVY LEAGUE,
Please enrol my name as a Member of
your Branch for which purpose I enclose the sum
of $2.00 (f) being first annual subscription.
(f) The annual subscription, which is payable yearly in advance ton anniversary
of joining, entitles Member to " The Navy " for one year.
Name of Branch. Name and Address.
Toronto - - - - F. D. Porter - - 311, King St. E., Toronto.
Daughters of the Empire Miss Collett - - St. James Chrs., Toronto.
Victoria-Esquimalt - - Joseph Peirson - 'Victoria, B.C.
Vancouver - Captain Eddie - Vancouver, B.C.
Winnipeg ' - - Lt.-Col. Ruttan, C.E. City Hall, Winnipeg.
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